Posts Tagged ‘Aging’

On my 78th birthday

December 14, 2014

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The passing scene: Links & comments 10/1/14

October 1, 2014

Why I Hope to Die at Age 75 by Ezekiel Emanuel for The Atlantic.

Bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel, who’s now 57, wrote that he won’t undergo any medical treatment for the purpose of prolonging life after age 75.  He added that this is a personal decision, and not a recommendation.  But he sees the years after 75 as a period of decline that will add nothing to his life.

I am impressed that someone would be so satisfied with their life that they would be willing to wind it up at age 75.  I’m 78, going on 79, and I have unfinished business.

But it is true that, if I live long enough into years of decline, I will find life no longer worth living.  One disappointment is that I probably won’t be around to see if Emanuel carries through on his resolution.

[Added 10/2/14]  I note that Emanuel is a bio-ethicist.  In my opinion, the job of bio-ethicists is to rationalize doing things that physicians and others intuitively feel is wrong.

Another subtext to Ezekiel Emanuel’s “Why I Hope to Die at 75”: Hillary’s Too Old by Steve Sailer for The Unz Review.

If elected President in 2016 and 2020, Hillary Clinton would be 77 when she stepped down on Jan. 19, 2015.  Joe Biden would be 82; Jerry Brown, 86; Elizabeth Warren, 75 1/2; and Bernie Sanders, 83.  But Ezekiel’s brother Rahm, the Democratic mayor of Chicago, would be a vibrant 65.

ISIS at the Gates of Baghdad: Why Airstrikes Are Failing by Patrick Cockburn for Counterpunch.

Middle East correspondent Patrick Cockburn wrote that the only forces in Iraq capable of fighting ISIS are the Iranian-backed Shiite Muslim militias.  But they terrorize Sunni Muslims, who look to ISIS for protection.  Cockburn doesn’t see any good way out of this dilemma for the United States.

World should not be oblivious to Russia’s calculated shift toward China by Hisayoshi Ina for Nikkei Asian Review.

Russia, China court India for regional bloc by Takayuki Tanaka for Nikkei Asian Review.

The world balance of power is changing, as the Russian government responds to pressures in Europe by strengthening its ties with Asia.

Andreatta: Cops and Manners on Short Street by David Andreatta for the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, NY.

I think that if I was a policeman, I would find that every prejudice I had concerning any group of people would be confirmed by my experience, because the police see the worst of any group of people and see people at their worst.

This column by David Andreatta shows just how difficult it is to overcome such attitudes.

Older Ladies by Donnalou Stevens

July 26, 2014

Hat tip to Jack Clontz and his friend Marty.

John Pennington: My Great Wisdom at 75

April 23, 2014
  1. 1e5bc8e4c9ccccf537ae057d22e53c67I learned at age eleven, at the sunburned end of the first day the public pool was open, that pale skin is not superior.
  2. Real food has one ingredient.
  3. Never buy food from someone who gets an annual bonus.
  4. There is nothing corporations won’t do for profit. Take toothpaste. What used to be one or two kinds per manufacturer now takes up ten feet of shelf space because they now make the same stuff in twelve different flavors.
  5. The US is a great place, a huge country with astonishing and beautiful things to experience.
  6. The US is a lousy place where only money matters, plagued by too many people who view themselves as chosen because they have a lot of it.
  7. The US has been a bully from Day One. Every two years on average we invade a small country in order to seize its riches, destroy its government, and impoverish its people.
  8. By 20 I was sure I was a mature adult. It turned out that wasn’t exactly true.
  9. Hatred is an equal opportunity religion. Every religion has followers who somehow miss the central message about love, tolerance, and compassion, and spend their time murdering people they don’t know.
  10. Revenge is equally stupid, with the same result.
  11. Politicians should be amateurs who go home when their sentence is up.
  12. Corporations, like religions, should be prohibited in politics entirely.
  13. Money isn’t speech. Speech is speech. Corporations aren’t people. People are people.
  14. Fundamentalist Christians are trying to impose their version of Sharia on us.
  15. Gay is not a “lifestyle”. Your kids can’t be “recruited”, either.
  16. You’re not going to look great when you get old. Don’t worry about it.
  17. The older you get, the more weird things grow on your body.
  18. Every abortion marks a failure. Regardless, anti-abortionists should get the hell out of your womb.
  19. I’ll worry about abortion when all of the 13,000 daily unnecessary deaths of living, breathing children cease to happen because anti-abortionists did something about it.
  20. People who are a lot smarter than you are not necessarily right, and the world is full of rich fools.
  21. You can be happy at any age. Unfortunately, you can also be unhappy at any age, but happy is better so let yourself be happy if you can.
  22. Spanish is not a foreign language. The US is not America. Puerto Ricans are not immigrants.
  23. Immigrants should learn the prevailing language of their new country. In much of the US that language is Spanish, and the immigrants are Anglos.
  24. There is no official language in the US. If there were to be, perhaps it should be Navajo.
  25. Being dead is no big deal, and worrying about it is a waste of time. Now, dying is another matter. If you want to worry, worry about dying. But that won’t change anything either, so why bother.
  26. The older you get, the more time you have.
  27. Everything changes. Everything.
  28. All of humanity is of no consequence. Neither is the Earth, or even our solar system. In fact, our Milky Way Galaxy, where the closest of uncountable stars is much too far for humans to reach in a single lifetime, is only one of billions. This shouldn’t make us feel insignificant. We should feel amazed at being part of this astonishing universe.

Source: My Great Wisdom At 75 from Class War in America.

85 years in 40 seconds

November 3, 2011